For every person who hates their life…there is someone else who was told by their doctor that they only have a short time to live.
For every person who is mad at or irritated with their spouse…there is someone else who would give anything to bring their spouse back from heaven (or go back in time before their divorce) to kiss them one more time and say sorry for the last argument they had with them.
For every person complaining about their child(ren)…there is a mom and dad who would literally give up everything they own just to be able to hug their child who died (or child who they’re estranged from) and talk to them for 30 seconds.
For every person who is critical of their parents…there is someone else who would give anything to ask their parents for advice one last time.
For every person who is annoyed by their sibling(s)…there is someone else who would love to call their sibling in heaven just to tell them they love them once again.
For every person complaining about their job…there’s another person who is fearful of losing their home and car due to being laid off.
For every person who complains about going to the gym…there’s someone else with an illness or disability who would love to walk just a quarter of a mile.
For every person complaining about the government or politics…there’s someone in the military who is missing their anniversary, holidays, the birth of their child, or their children’s birthdays fighting for your freedoms.
For every person who complains about how hectic their life is…there is someone in a nursing home with all the time in the world, yet can’t do anything they want – and they have no phone or visitors.
Life has many ups and downs! Our loved ones and life bring us great joys … and occasionally irritations. There are numerous things to complain about, but it is so very important to look at the overall picture – the bigger picture – when it comes to life, loved ones, and experiences.
If you are blessed enough to have a spouse, child(ren), parents, siblings, and other loved ones…then do your best to look at the 90% of ALL that is right about them instead of the 10% that is wrong with them. (If there is legitimate abuse or addictions, don’t overlook that. In that case, seek out professional help and wise counsel. Safety should always be a top priority).
Be grateful for all of the great people and good things you have in life…before life makes you look back and be sorry for wasted time, unspoken love, and wasted experiences.
Today, and the rest of your life, you will either look back and say one of two things:
“If only I would have ________”
“I’m sure glad I did ________.”
Definitely not making light of any life challenge anyone is going through…because life and grief are excruciatingly tough. Just encouraging everyone to live the best life they possibly can live – even if it’s baby steps – to prevent future guilt, regrets, and additional grief.
You and your loved ones are only given one life…and you’re never guaranteed what tomorrow will hold.
So love God and your loved ones with all of your heart…be beyond grateful for all you have…pick your battles wisely…make health and wellness a priority…and always seek to look at the bigger picture – the eternal perspective.
God, family, health, and life are such amazing, treasured gifts.
How will you choose to unwrap these precious gifts starting today?❤️
Wishing everybody a blessed weekend full of encouragement, joy, and God’s favor!
Gratitude & blessings,
©2017 by Kim Niles. All rights reserved.
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